Once a week, I share some interesting things I’ve stumbled upon. I lump these various blog posts, books, articles, or videos clips into these posts I call, “Friday Finds.” Here’s this week’s edition. Enjoy.

1. The Most Important Thing Your Church Is Probably Missing

via Relevant Magazine

Couldn’t agree more with this article. I’ve seen many more churches of late that have started to wake up to this very idea.

“Churches that understand this will devote themselves not to gathering and counting, but empowering and sending. Sending capacity, not seating capacity, ought to be the measure of success for any New Testament church.”

2. An Inside Look at Google’s Best Employee Perks

via Inc.

The staff team at the ministry I lead is incredible. As a leader, it’s my responsibility to foster an environment that helps them thrive. But gourmet food, “massage credits,” free rides to work…. well, I just can’t compete with that.

3. Student debt traps parents and kids

via Alex Chediak

Fascinating breakdown of student loan balances broken out by different age groups. See how you compare to people your age.

“School loans increasingly belong to Americans over 40. This group accounts for 35 percent of education debt, up from 25 percent in 2004, according to the New York Federal Reserve. Contributing to this surge: Longer repayment schedules, more midcareer workers returning to school and additional borrowing for children’s education.”

4. 10 Acts of Kindness Remarkable People Perform Each Day

via Entrepreneur

“Making a difference is an organic urge in exceptional people. If you want to make a real difference in the lives of your family members, friends, employees, colleagues and strangers, as well as your own life, these 10 simple acts of kindness that are performed by remarkable people will make an impact.”

5. Self Awareness: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

via Follow The GLS

Some great points for leaders to become more self-aware. I’m planning to incorporate his “Start, Stop, Continue” idea into our quarterly staff reviews.

“Self-awareness is huge for leaders. You can argue it’s important for everyone, but for leaders, a gap here may be the determining factor in your ability to lead at all.”

6. What White Christians Get Wrong About Racial Reconciliation

via Russell Moore

Love the point Russell Moore makes in this 3 minute video clip. This truth hit me squarely between the eyes just a few years ago…

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